PDP-Laban NIR Denies ‘Appointment for Sale’ Report
Officers of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) denied reports that it is collecting P150,000 in exchange for appointment as barangay captain if the barangay elections are postponed.
“This is the first I knew about it,” Yves Akol, PDP-Laban Secretary General said.
Akol said, as far as he knows, the party charges P150 as membership fee.
He, however, admitted that there are some groups in southern Negros who has been using the name of the party for their “money-making activities.”
“We do not have anything to do about it,” he pointed out.
Akol added that the reports forced them to suspend party activities in the last two months.
Earlier, Brgy. Tangub Capt. Noli Villarosa of Bacolod City said that at least 20 barangay captains and two outgoing barangay kagawads went to him and offered P150,000 to ensure that they be appointed in case the Barangay and Sanggunian Kabataan elections set this October are posponed.
But, Akol said he is “surprised” with the report “because all officials know that he is the leading official of the party in the region and that Villarosa is not a party member.
Brix Carpio, PDP-Laban national chapter in an interview with Bombo Radyo Bacolod confirmed that they have received the same reports.
“The party is not into such things,” Carpio said, adding that they are “not charging nor promise anything for those who want to join the party.”
“We want to get to the bottom of it,” he said.*